On average there are approximately 200 to 250 reported cases of Legionnaires' disease each year in the UK, although many believe this total is generally underestimated. The disease is caused by the 'Legionella pneumophilia' bacteria and is an extremely serious form of Legionellosis, causing high fever and proving fatal in approximately 12% of cases.
In an attempt to help reduce these figures, this course has been developed by Virtual College working with partners Life Environmental Services. It has been designed to help raise awareness of Legionnaires' disease by explaining how outbreaks might occur, and highlighting water systems that have a potentially high risk of developing the Legionnella bacterium.
On completion, learners will have an increased understanding of Legionnaires' disease, including the potential consequences of an outbreak and the symptoms associated with the disease. The course also provides information on the relevant legislation and requirements for compliance.
On completion of this Virtual College course learners will be able to:
- Recognise the implications of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak
- Summarise how Legionnaires outbreaks can occur in water handling systems
- Identify relevant legislation and the requirements for compliance
- Recognise the role of water handling system owners
- Recognise the role of water handling systems safety providers
- Identify higher risk water handling system
Areas covered include:
- Welcome and Learning Objectives
- An Introduction to Legionnaires’ Disease in Water Handling Systems
- How do Legionnaires’ Outbreak Occur?
- Legislation and Compliance
- Water Handling Systems Owner’s Safety Responsibility
- Water Handling Systems – Service Provider Responsibility and Opportunity
- Legionella Risk System – Cooling Towers
- Legionella Risk – Hot and Cold Water Systems
- Photo Album and Summary
The content of this Virtual College course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines
On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.
Approximately 2 - 3 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.
This course is aimed primarily at those working with manufactured water handling systems or in an environment where water handling systems are used.
There are no specific entry requirements for this course.